Serial Number: P54079
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: DA/SA Double and Single Action 6-Shot Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DIAMONDBACK / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”, the right is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The side plate has Colt’s rampant logo, the left front of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle, the rear with “L”. The crane and crane cut are marked with the serial number, “P54079”.
Barrel Length: 6” with Full Underlug and Ventilated Rib
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade that is pinned to the vented rib; the rib and topstrap are matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood, each with gold-colored Colt medallions at the top. There are minor handling marks and the right panel has a small stain at the top. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well-defined. Overall, the grips rate in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. There are scattered minor nicks and scuffs most notable along the barrel and the topstrap. The cylinder has a turn line through the finish along with scattered light scuffs. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up solidly on each chamber with the trigger depressed. The double action trigger is smooth, the single action is light and crisp. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Diamondback is a shorter framed Python with a dash of the Detective Special, both in the cylinder and grip frame, sharing similar aesthetic qualities and is no less striking in appearance than its predecessor. This revolver retains about 93% of its finish with some scattered wear that is most notable on the barrel. This will make for a great shooter or will do well to help fill out a collection of Serpent guns. Those familiar with the Python line understand the accuracy these revolvers are capable of; this one should prove to be no different. Good luck and happy bidding!